Not Sad Viktor

Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.

― Anaïs Nin

For the first time since we started this journey five months ago Viktor is truly happy.

Until now he was closed in his shell, playing video games or listening to music on his iPod , reluctant to participate in most of the family activities, in a state of denial. You see, leaving everything behind, friends included, is not easy, especially for a fifteen-year-old.

But all this suddenly changed about a week ago.

Let me tell you, he is all over the place: he wakes up in the morning, puts on his working pants and starts working: grinding, sanding, helping to fix the boat. Then he eats dinner. After the work is finished around 5 pm,  he goes to the park near the boat yard and he plays soccer until his pants are damp with his own sweat. Then he takes a shower and he eats supper. After supper, he might go fishing from the docks or he plays video games and listens to music in Baba Ganoush until late at night.

Why this huge change, you might ask.

The answer is simple: he met a new friend, Dylan.

Dylan is seventeen. For five years now, he’s been living on a catamaran much like ours with his mother Lori, his dad David and his sister Kashara who is sixteen. They have been cruising in the Bahamas and the Caribbean region, and sometimes come to Florida. They have come to 3D boat yard in Key West to work on their boat Ubuntu, sanding and painting her. So now, we are two catamarans here in 3D, two families with too many things in common.

This is why Viktor is all over the place. He is working hard, sanding Ubuntu, with Dylan beside him; playing soccer with Dylan; going fishing with Dylan; or playing video games and listening to music in Baba Ganoush until late at night.

With Dylan.

Viktor and Dylan working on Ubuntu.

Viktor and Dylan working on Ubuntu.

Viktor and Dylan playing soccer.

Viktor and Dylan (and Humphrey), fishing.

Viktor and Dylan (and Bogart), fishing.


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10 Responses to Not Sad Viktor

  1. nancy & pierrot says:

    great! life is just so perfect …….mixed with people that love life and just want to live in peace and happiness ,its Victors time, he will help your beautiful family and babaganouche….sail faster, smoother and much cooler now….hang on to your hats, your in for a thrilling ride…..turn the music up and grouve with beautiful Victor all nite long……

  2. richdunc says:

    It is interesting to me that my childhood was some what opposite the one depicted here. My family traveled when I was younger and then we suddenly stopped in Arizona. It was hard on me because I had become accustomed to changing environments and meeting new friends. Always having to meet new people as a child, I believe, is why I so easily as an adult meet and talk to so many different people.

    Good for Viktor!

    • lifenomadik says:

      Yes, I was worried for him. Not any more!

      I know, we will move on, and he will have to say good bye to yet another friend, but we will meet others and others, and the ones we say good bye to will stay forever our friends and we will meet them again for sure.

      That is the beauty of it. Of travelling.

  3. RobD says:

    I think you have found yourself in quite a special ‘community’ with sailors and their families. Even more so from those that choose it as a lifestyle and not just a hobby. If you and your crew ever make it north to the Chesapeake…..I hope you can make it to our ‘neck of the bay’! It is really quite nice here in the spring and the fall.

    • lifenomadik says:

      It is a nice community. And I know, once out of the boatyard we will meet many more families.

      We will probably check out the Chesapeake, we hear lots of good things about the area. But first, let us go South and take in some sunshine.

  4. azael ceballoa says:

    Hello, congratulations in your boat is very nice, we wish you the best. all your dreams come true.
    Azael, Sonia and family.

  5. It is so great to see that every member of your family is happy. Especially at the age where everything is so dramatic. I am very happy things are going great for you guys! Can’t wait to read your next story. It brings me traveling with you and away from this „sheepish“ lifestyle that the rest of us have.

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